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Why Not Taking A Vacation Can Cost You

timeconstraintsHow many times have you thought about taking a vacation, but resigned not too? Whether it’s because of financial reasons or time constrains, more than half of Americans (55%) leave vacation days unused. (I’m guilty as charged)!
Did you know not taking a trip is costing you money?!!
Yes, it may sound counterintuitive, but not getting away can do more harm than good, and here’s why.

People who use 11 or more vacation days are more likely to get a praise.

In the article, Data Driven Case for Vacation, it’s noted that people who took 11 or more days of vacation were 65.4% likely to receive a raise in a three year period. While those who took less time off only had a 34.6% chance.

WHAT!!

Wait a minute, those who rarely take vacation days (like my boyfriend), are less likely to get a raise?
I know you may be hesitant to believe this and some of you may completely object. I felt the same way initially.

In truth, by not taking vacation days, you’re leaving money on the table.

Shawn Achor and Michelle Gielan said it best,
“If you are not taking all your time off, you’re not working more — you’re volunteering your time.”
In other words you are working for free!
In fact, Americans are forfeiting $61.4 billion in benefits.
You’re also less productive when you don’t take time off. Being able to relax and go somewhere far from home can increase your well-being.

Our daily routines can consume all of our time and life is about more than accomplishment.  When you take the time to create experiences life becomes more fulfilling and that’s the key to happiness.
We never know what tomorrow will bring, so do what you can while you can to enjoy life and plan that well deserved vacation!

 

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Plan Stress Free Travel: Travel Agent or Online Booking 5 of 5

 

Travel Agent or Online Booking
Travel Agent or Online Booking

Although using a travel agent may feel like going the way of the dinosaur, we are more useful than simply selling trips to Disney World and cruises. We provide services and have knowledge that you just can’t get online. Especially in times of crisis, working with a real live person is superior. When planning complex or abroad travel, using a travel agent is your best option. Read more to learn four reasons why you benefit when working with a travel agent.

Save Money

Did you know the cost to have a travel agent is comparable to using online booking websites?

We are paid by commission from the hotels, cruise lines, resorts, and air lines (DIY sites are paid the same way). This means the cost is the same whether you book it yourself or have the travel agent do the work. We are able to match pricing should there is a difference in pricing too. Some travel agents even have websites that feature the same inventory, bookable in real time, as DIY websites (click here to view our site). You get the best of the high tech world, in a high touch environment.

Installment Payments

Unlike the online booking sites, you don’t have to pay for your trip all at once. When you work with a travel agent, you can pay off your vacation in installments. Once you pay the deposit, you can pay on your vacation as often as you want before the final amount is due.
How awesome is that?

Save Time

Finding the ideal destination to match your vacation style can be stressful. It requires money, time, and expertise.
Instead of searching online for hours, days, or even weeks, (depending on the complexity of the travel plans) you can have a travel agent do the research for you. We have a wealth of knowledge, access to tools and resources that are only available to travel agents.

We have your back

If there’s a mix up with lodging, transportation, etc. your travel agent will handle it for you. We are your advocate when things go wrong while you’re traveling. Ensuring you have a great experience is our top priority so we know the questions to ask that most people don’t consider when booking travel. We are here to serve you and ensure you have the best vacation possible.

Call us!  Let us help you! Give us the opportunity to surprise you when booking your next trip.

 

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Plan Stress Free Travel: All-Inclusive Vacations 4 of 5 Series

Stay calm and float your worries away
Stay calm and float your worries away

Many people ask me about all-inclusive vacation packages. They’re great for many reasons however, here are some questions you should ask when deciding if an all-inclusive vacation is right for you.

What’s included in all-inclusive deals?

Sometimes all-inclusive is truly just that, and other times the term is more flexible. For example, some all-inclusive resorts charge surcharges for things you may not think of, such as a safe in your room, internet use, or top shelf liquor or wine.

Others offer unlimited meals at the buffet while limiting, or charging for, meals at their a la carte restaurants.  Beverage plans also vary in options.  Some beverage plans include unlimited nonalcoholic drinks, some have limits. Since the rules can vary drastically from resort to resort, it’s important to do some research and understand them ahead of time.

What activities are included?

Often times, motorized sports and other activities are excluded from all-inclusive deals.

Is entertainment available for children and adults?

Many offer “kids club” as entertainment for children and depending on the brand and package, might be included.

All-inclusive vacations can offer great value. They’re not necessarily a less expensive option but a convenient and less stressful way to vacation.

I cannot emphasize enough about doing research before purchasing an all-inclusive trip.

I have heard many stories of mediocre travel experiences because the vacationer failed to research all-inclusive deals and assumed EVERTHING was included when it wasn’t.

Not a fun surprise!
It’s better to know all the terms of your all-inclusive vacation before you book it then learn about them after you arrive.

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How To Plan Stress Free Travel 5 Part Series

Stress Free Travel
Stress Free Travel

Summer travel has officially started and while savvy travelers planned out their summer excursions months ago, others are just now planning getaways.

Although I’m a huge fan of planning travel months in advance, unexpected “stuff” can happen and a few short weeks can be all you have.  However much time you have to plan your summer adventures, avoiding travel stress will ensure memorable experiences and resources well spent.

Did you know that poorly planned and stressful vacations eliminate the positive benefits of time away?*

Wow, that’s mind blowing!!!!

In the online Business Harvard Review, an article by Shawn Anchor states that most of the happiness obtained from vacation is dependent upon the stress level of the vacation. Which means the more stressful the travel experience, the less it benefits your well-being.

This explains why I’ve had lack luster trips and needed a “vacation” from my vacation. All the time spent figuring out where to buy this and that, how to find blah, blah, blah, is exhausting and can suck the fun out of getting away!

Isn’t the purpose of  leisure travel to decompress, have fun, and come back rejuvenated?

If you’re nodding your head and thinking, heck yea, then you can appreciate a well planned adventure my friend.  I’ll share with you 5 tips to stress free travel.

When suggestions below are applied, travelers create an inclusive trip that eliminates stress, enhances experiences, and increases happiness.

Ok, I know you want to overlook this. However, after research and personal experience, I assure you the more thorough you are in planning your trip, the less stress you will have.

5 Tips To Stress Free Travel

1. Allocation of travel funds
How to prioritize your budget.

2. Itinerary & Activities
How to create a daily schedule of activities based on your budget.

3. Choosing Lodging & transportation
How to choose the best lodging for your excursion.

4. All-Inclusive Vacations
What to know about exclusions before you book your vacation.

5. Travel Agent or Online Booking
The pros and cons of having a travel agent versus self-booking travel.

Isn’t it interesting how each point seem like a no brainer? I think so! These 5 tips appear to be common sense, yet so many travelers disregard the importance of each idea.

In this 5 part series, we’ll explore steps you can take during travel planning so that you reap the benefits of being away.

Let’s help you plan a fabulous trip!

 

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